Monday, August 22, 2016

I Don't Feel Like Praying

I don't feel like praying today.
My spirit feels flat,
my mind dull and slow.
My prayers seem empty,
there is no sense of presence or power.
Logic tells me this time is wasted.
reason suggests I cut it short
and get on with some productive activity.
A sinisterly familiar voice suggests
that only legalism could hold me here
when it's obvious it isn't working,
at least not today.
I'm tempted to leave,
I'll admit that,
but I don't.
Instead I offer you
the gift of my time and presence.
If all I have today is motion without meaning,
then I'll give you my motion,
my empty efforts,
believing that in Your own way
You will turn these listless attempts at prayer
into true intercession.

by Richard Exley

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